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Location Ukraine, Zakarpatie
Central coordinates 22o 18.00' East  48o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2
Area 7,000 ha
Altitude 102 - 109m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ukranian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A stretch of the Latorica river valley, near the villages of Velika Dobron and Geevci (near the town of Chop). Habitats are dominated by grasslands, which flood every year, and there are numerous lakes.

Key Biodiversity An important site for foraging and roosting waterbirds during spring passage. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (4-10 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix breeding  1997  100-150 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  1997  1,000-3,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1997  40-60 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula passage  1997  500-800 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1999  20-25 breeding pairs  unknown  A1  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  8%
Grassland Humid grasslands  30%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  22%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas; Urban parks and gardens  40%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 70%
forestry 8%
urban/industrial/transport 2%
nature conservation and research 10%
not utilised 12%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Latorytsya river valley near Chop. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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